Community-building

An after-school success program: a look into the Boys and Girls Club

By Wade McCreary

September 10, 2018

  The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club on Alston Avenue in Durham has been serving the community since 1933, and since then, the program has contributed to major accomplishments for local children. The programs at the club have helped the children reach their full potential effectively. The goal of the Boys and Girls Club […]

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The Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People: Ignited by legacy

By Jennifer Maxwell

  The Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People continued its legacy celebrating the eighty-third Annual Founders’ Day Gala at the Durham Convention Center on Aug. 25, honoring local community members who demonstrate black excellence. The mission of the DCABP, according to a statement from Chairman Omar S. Beasley, is to promote the welfare […]

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Community Field Day fosters support for Middle Eastern refugees in Durham

By Ramishah Maruf

April 17, 2018

Sixth-grader Sedra Khatib cried on her first day at Lakewood Elementary School in Durham a year ago. “[The school] didn’t have a bus to go to home. And they asked me and I didn’t understand,” Sedra said. “They called my dad, and he said he will come. They had to use [Google Translate]. I was […]

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Women’s Empowerment celebrates working women of color

By Tenley Garrett

April 16, 2018

  Hard work deserves recognition. But more than that, it deserves celebration. This year’s Women’s Empowerment VIP breakfast held at the Raleigh Renaissance Hotel on Saturday, April 14, provided the perfect platform for such festivities. The breakfast was set to begin at 8 a.m. in the Renaissance Hotel’s ballroom. The room was reserved exclusively for […]

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The Scrap Exchange celebrates 27th birthday; Reuse Arts District grows

By Marissa O'Neill

April 11, 2018

  On Earth Day weekend, April 20-21, the Scrap Exchange will celebrate both its 27th birthday and the grand opening of its new store, Scrap Thrift. It will also host its second DIY (Do It Yourself) Fest for the Durham community. The Scrap Exchange, founded in 1991, bought its current space, a formerly abandoned church, […]

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Civil servants honored by Durham Human Relations Commission

By Brennan Doherty

Serena Sebring has helped bail out 23 black women from the Durham County jail. U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield has taken a stand for Durham residents affected by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The organization Bull City 150 has been devoted to telling Durham’s history of inequity to better understand the city’s current state. The youth […]

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A day with one of Durham’s Syrian refugee families

By Ramishah Maruf

Sixth-grader Sedra Khatib cried on her first day at Lakewood Elementary School in Durham last year. “[The school] didn’t have a bus to go to home. And they asked me, and I didn’t understand,” Sedra said.  “They called my dad and they call him and he said he will come. They had to use [Google […]

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PYO students spend a day in the life of UNC-Chapel Hill students

By Maddie Marshall

It was late morning, and the sun was peeking from behind the clouds as the students and leaders of Partners for Youth Opportunity arrived at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. But the slightly overcast day did not stop them from a having an adventure. The PYO students and staff members were visiting […]

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Durham’s 16th annual Women’s Forum celebrates persistence, fights discrimination

By Katie Rice

March 28, 2018

Durham does not forget that March is Women’s History Month. Every year, the city hosts a women’s panel and invites local women to speak on the year’s theme. This year, the theme of Women’s History Month is “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” The theme comes from the […]

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Durham attorney serves community through law, advocacy

By Maddie Marshall

  There was a warmth in the room. It could have been from the sun shining through the window, or the warmth that came from a smile. Nisha G. Williams sat at the dining room table helping her 14-year-old son, Louis, with his homework and as she prepared for dinner.  Williams began her journey into […]

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Durham’s battle with Confederate statues

By Ramishah Maruf

February 28, 2018

After protesters toppled a Durham Confederate statue in August, the city began the process to form a commission to find out exactly what to do with both the base of the statue and the remaining Confederate symbols. The committee, led by Wendy Jacobs, Durham County Board of Commissioners chair, and Mayor Steve Schewel, has two […]

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Durham teens compete to perform at international slam poetry competition

By Ramishah Maruf

February 14, 2018

Durham School of the Arts sophomore Uche Nwogalanya strode up the small church stage. She took a deep breath, flipped her hair back and let the words flow out. “You are no monster, just a black boy,” Nwogalanya said. “To the son I may one day have.” Nwogalanya shared the stage with six other high […]

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Creating recreation: how the Holton Center works

By Corin Hemphill

February 13, 2018

  The Holton Resource and Career Center is known for being a strong resource in Northeast Central Durham. But how do the staff at the center operate? The Recreation Assistant Supervisor comes to work with a task-oriented mentality and his staff is very devoted to helping the community. Jerome Johnson originally from Henderson has been […]

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Take your community heart wherever you go

By Jock Lauterer

December 6, 2017

  Editor’s Note: Lu Xu is a 10-year veteran Chinese broadcast journalist who, for the last two years, has been studying communications at the UNC-CH School of Media and Journalism, where she is a visiting international scholar. In her final semester at Chapel Hill, she joined the MEJO 459 “Community Journalism” class and became a […]

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Durham coming together to defeat inequality

By Taylor Mabrey

November 26, 2017

Durhamites came together last Wednesday at Calvary UMC for “Pushing Past Progressive: Ending Inequality in Durham” to discuss what is going on in the city. Representatives from five different organizations were there to speak on the issues at hand, and concerned community members were able to interact with them and hear about their projects. Matt […]

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If you thought Joe Bushfan was done serving the community – think again

By Taylor Mabrey

November 9, 2017

“My dream was just to help folks less fortunate than myself,” Durham resident and catalyst Joe Bushfan said when talking about his efforts in his community. While Bushfan has been around Durham for a while now, he has no plan on stopping his efforts to help others. In 2020, he hopes to open a diner […]

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Days before election, Ali and Schewel meet in one final forum

By Davis McKinney

November 6, 2017

Maybe game seven of the World Series drew the crowd away, or maybe Durham residents are just simply experiencing election fatigue. Either way, attendance was lower than expected last Wednesday for the final forum discussion of the mayoral race. With less than a week to Election Day, candidates Farad Ali and Steve Schewel participated in […]

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Who is Farad Ali?

By Julian Keeler

November 5, 2017

Farad Ali has become a well-known figure in the Durham community because of his professional work, service, and commitment. Now, after nearly 30 years of involvement in the city, Ali has his sights on being the city’s next mayor. Ali, along with his supporters, believe with his leadership and experience, Durham could shift in a […]

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Black Men Run meets new faces weekly

By Autavius Smith and Carl Smith

October 26, 2017

Casual joggers and athletes may get up in the morning to run for all intended obvious health benefits; lose weight, improve self-esteem, and prevent disease. But for North Carolina State University Economics professor Jason Coupet and a few of Durham’s running clubs, exercise is just part of the health equation for an advantageous lifestyle. A […]

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Hayti offers classes and rental opportunities

By Daija Graves

The Hayti Heritage Center is a Durham landmark – one of few remaining buildings from Durham’s Hayti District. As a cultural arts education center, it has been offering events and activities since 1975. What many people may not know is that they also rent their facilities to host community initiated classes, weddings, dances, and anything […]

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Lyon Parks Facility manager hangs it up

By Tyee Meek and Qaadir McFadden

October 24, 2017

Victoria Phillips, 72, the facility manager at The Community Family Life and Recreation Center at Lyon Park, also known as Lyon Park, for about eight years retired in early October. She is moving to Atlanta to be closer to her family. Phillips is also a former student at the center that was once the old […]

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Inside Outside Alliance demands change at Durham County Correctional Facility

By Sarah Cline

October 18, 2017

The conditions at the Durham County Correctional Facility need to change, according to the Inside Outside Alliance. And they’re doing everything in their power to make it happen. As part of ongoing protests for prison reforms at the correctional facility, protesters gathered outside of the jail last Friday to voice their grievances with the treatment […]

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A simple Saturday morning: Samuel & Sons isn’t going anywhere

By Allen Longstreet

Angier Avenue was devoid of traffic. It was so quiet for 10 a.m. that it could have been the middle of the night. But inside Samuel & Sons Barber Shop, lively conversation ensued; R&B music filled in the background of stories, smiles and laughs. Samuel Jenkins, 54, gave his first trim of the day to […]

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“Tell ’em that it’s human nature”

By Yizhou Jiang

On a clear and sunny Saturday afternoon, many Durham locals chose to join the second anniversary celebration of the LGBTQ Center of Durham. The event was held on the Rigsbee Avenue between Geer Street and Corporation Street in the form of a family-friendly block party free to the community. The LGBTQ Center of Durham, along […]

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Ungraded Produce: an oasis in the Durham food desert

By Vanessa Luo

Produce is a tough industry. Ungraded Produce was the winner of Duke’s 18th Annual Startup Challenge earlier this year. It was co-founded by 22-year-old Courtney Bell from Rockville, Md. and 22-year-old Saranya (Anya) Ranganathan from Skillman, N.J. Bell and Ranganathan are Duke graduates from the class of 2017. Ungraded Produce is an online service that […]

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Woods-Weeks leads students and teachers to success

By Chrissy Murphy

When Gloria Woods-Weeks was a student at Northern High School in Durham, she knew one day she wanted to serve others. Now, as principal at J. D. Clement Early College High School, that dream has been realized and she is hoping to help students and teachers achieve their own dreams. As a first-generation college student, […]

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Threehouse Studios opens early to say “Somos Juntos”

By Gabby Bulgarelli

Some of Durham’s creatives and small business owners nestled into a small parking lot just off of Durham/Chapel Hill Boulevard on Sunday. They were there with a mission: to raise money in solidarity with Puerto Rico. Organizers Courtney OM, Autumn Nicholas, and Josephine McCrann have been working locally for some time, and knew they would […]

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The South Durham Famers’ Market has a barn-good time

By Elle Kehres

The South Durham Farmers’ Market is hosting their second annual barn dance fundraiser this Saturday. The fundraiser promises to bring an energetic mix of live bluegrass music, picnic-style barbecue, homemade desserts and a silent auction. The market is located in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center. The barn dance will help raise money to repair and […]

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After primary, Ali and Schewel network with young professionals

By Davis McKinney

If you remember last year’s election at all, you probably associate politics with divisive attack ads and heated debates. But all negative preconceptions were put to rest last Thursday night at Beyú Caffé where mayoral candidates Steve Schewel and Farad Ali met in a moment of political civility to interact with young professionals from Durham. […]

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Micah Group forming in Durham, aims for social justice

By Yizhou Jiang

October 4, 2017

Recently, a new Micah Group began recruiting new members in Durham in hopes of uniting a diverse community. Micah Groups were formed in 2011 by the Ogilvie Institute of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary in California to create communities of peers for better preacher development throughout the United States. Each Micah Group is consist of […]

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ReCity finds a new VOICE

By David Fee

September 20, 2017

  Among the cubicles, coffee makers, murals and plush couches, The Durham VOICE has found a new office at ReCity. “We are very excited about our move,” said Jock Lauterer, founding publisher of The VOICE, a community newspaper launched eight years ago to serve Northeast Central Durham.  “It just makes good sense for The VOICE […]

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Kasib Abdullah is all about the community

By Julian Keeler

September 19, 2017

  From owning New Visions of Africa to founding Believers United for Progress, Kasib Abdullah has done a great deal of work in the Durham community. Abdullah was born in New Jersey. He moved to Durham in 1995. Along with two other men, Abdullah opened a restaurant called New Visions of Africa in 2004 at […]

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New generation revitalizes Angier Avenue Neighborhood Farm

By Camari Jones

  There’s a new generation among Northeast Central Durham trying to make their community brighter and healthier through gardening. Angier Avenue Neighborhood Farm is a community farm located on the corner of Maple Street and Angier Avenue. It was started by Bountiful Backyards, a Durham-based edible landscaping business in 2012 when they raised money through […]

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‘Meet Me at the Bridge’ offers faith, friendship to Durham residents experiencing homelessness

By Catherine O'Neill and Nicole Caporaso

April 19, 2017

  As semi-trucks rumble noisily overhead, a sizable crowd gathers for food, faith and fellowship under the Durham Freeway Bridge. Even on snowy winter days and humid summer afternoons, you can find Pastor David Smith and his wife, Cheryl, beneath the bridge on the third Saturday of every month. As drivers honk their horns and […]

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Syrian refugees find new home, challenges in NC

By Rashaan Ayesh

Editor’s note: The interview was conducted in and translated from Arabic. Three days. Adnan Shareef and his family spent three days in the mountains of Syria waiting to cross the border to Turkey. Rain poured down on Adnan, his wife and their six children. The storms continued until they could sneak past the guards at […]

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Historic Lyon Park: keeping Durham’s memories alive

By Kevin Crawford

  Durham is known for its strong Parks and Recreation Department, updated parks and equipment and active community centers, but the Lyon Park Center is proud of its historical record within the Southwest Central Durham area. “This building was built in 1930, and it was just standing for a while. It was a sore eye […]

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Poise and passion: celebrating black women in performance

By Catherine O'Neill

April 5, 2017

Ajua Arnette may only be 7 years old, but give her a microphone and a costume and she commands the stage. A first-grader at Sandy Ridge Elementary, Ajua was one of the many performers at Hayti Heritage Center in Durham for Wimmin@Work 2017—an afternoon of artistic performances in honor of “Wimmin’s History Month” celebrated on […]

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A Q&A with Durham County Republican HQ Chair

By Jarely Parada

  To some people in Durham, the Republican Party is the party of old white men consumed with self-pride and a lack of care for the less fortunate. Deep in central Durham County, where only 14 percent of people are registered Republicans, one man believes the African-American community should consider a different way of thinking. […]

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Fish Fry Friday back at Antioch

By Brian Shurney

  Some churches are content holding a few services a week with some philanthropy thrown in here and there, but Antioch Baptist Church has bigger fish to fry. Fish Fry Friday is back at Antioch, open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 1415 Holloway St. The church’s fish fry has been serving locals and […]

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Majestic Angels senior dancers focus on faith, finding strength

By Avery Rodriguez

The women of the Majestic Angels, a dance troupe for senior citizens in Durham, have served as examples of the power of faith and dance since 2015. Durham resident Vanessa Dunston, 62, started the eight-person dance team after more than 30 years of military service. “After I retired in 2011, I didn’t know what I […]

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A historic voice for the black community

By Olivia Browning

Louis E. Austin bought The Stanford Advertiser in 1927 and transformed the local newspaper into the most important voice for black North Carolinians during the civil rights era. He used The Carolina Times to publicize racial inequities and to fight for racial equality in North Carolina and throughout the U.S. Austin’s legacy is still carried […]

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World Relief Durham welcomes refugees to the community

By Rashaan Ayesh

Durham is home to the Durham Bulls, Duke University, the Durham Performing Arts Center and American Tobacco. It is also the new home for many refugees from across the world fleeing war, famine and natural disasters. They come to Durham hoping to start a new life, and World Relief Durham helps them do so. “World […]

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Creek Week keeps Durham beautiful

By Elise Clouser

  On a warm weekday morning in late March, while most Durham residents are at work or school, a group of about ten volunteers don bright green vests, sturdy gloves and old sneakers for a Creek Week cleanup event. They carry giant trash bags and begin making their way along the winding creek, picking up […]

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Mayor Bell plans to leave a legacy of outreach, community

By Bryce Lapping

Durham Mayor Bill Bell has made a difference in the community he loves, and he will continue to do so after his final term expires later this year. Bell, who has served as mayor since 2001, sat down with The VOICE to discuss his impact on the city, mainly regarding his poverty reduction initiative, which […]

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The Holton Center having a lasting impact

By Nicole Caporaso

Curtis, 16, and Isaiah, 14, Powell, brothers and residents of East Durham, grew up at the Holton Career and Resource Center located at 401 N. Driver St. There, Curtis and his 14-year-old brother have made friends, developed their basketball skills, attended youth camps, and most importantly, found a home away from home. Curtis is a […]

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Durham community committed to their students’ success

By Thaddeus Berglund

For career and technical education students at the Holton Center, like senior Kaleb Shaw Lunsford, graduating is just one step along the path to a rewarding career – and they don’t have to travel it alone. Made in Durham, in partnering with the community, has made it their mission to ensure all Durham’s youth will […]

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Commentary: My Ride with Meals on Wheels

By Molly Smith

The second I set foot inside Meals on Wheels of Durham, I was immediately greeted with an air filled by the smell of sizzling hamburgers, the sound of animated chit-chat and the sight of dozens of smiling faces. After hearing about President Trump’s proposed budget cuts that endanger thousands of local Meals on Wheels agencies […]

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Hillside Chronicle staff writers pen “Letters to Durham”

By Jock Lauterer

April 3, 2017

Editor’s Note:  Following a recent incident near their high school, the Hillside Chronicle staffers of Hillside High School received some negative comments via social media about their school. Anonymous, of course. In response, the staff elected to write “Dear Durham” letters, aided by UNC-CH students from the Durham VOICE mentoring team which has worked with […]

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Looking for opportunity, not a handout

By Carlton Koonce

March 20, 2017

  Opportunities. Not handouts. When you think about it, it’s really not too much to ask. A chance to work and to prove one’s self worth. A chance to get into a good college.  A chance to land a job or start a business that provides for a family. A chance to live a safe, […]

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